The Right and Left Hands of the State — Two Patients at Risk of Deportation

Post Date: 
2019-07-18
Publication: 
New England Journal of Medicine
Summary: 

"Twenty-year-old Ms. Z. presented to the emergency department (ED) of a hospital in London, anxious and hyperventilating after 4 days sheltering on night buses. She was brought in by an elderly couple whom she had approached when she overheard them speaking her Nigerian language. Once in an exam room, Ms. Z. reported that she’d fled to the United Kingdom from Nigeria after witnessing the murders of her husband and her father. Distant relatives, warning her that her life was in danger, brought her to London with an offer of employment. When Ms. Z. arrived, however, they confiscated her passport and locked her in a house, where she was raped repeatedly over the ensuing 6 months and threatened that “If you leave, you will be arrested and sent back home to die.” When her captor left the door unlocked, Ms. Z. escaped."...

Citation: 
Berlin A, Koski-Karell V, Page KR, Polk S. The Right and Left Hands of the State — Two Patients at Risk of Deportation. N Engl J Med 2019; 381:197-201. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1811607